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Vladimir Putin dealt humiliating blow as Russian weapon boomerangs and hits own troops
Vladimir Putin has been dealt a humiliating blow after a Russian surface-to-air missile boomeranged back at his troops.A bizarre video shows the weapon being fired into the air before it turned back and slammed into where it came from, causing an enormous explosion.Kremlin troops reportedly launched a missile to intercept an oncoming Ukrainian plane as it flew over the Ukrainian city of Alchevsk in the Luhansk region, in the early hours of Friday morning (June 24).READ MORE: Russian forces bested by goat after tripwire grenade trap injures dozens of troopsThe area is currently under occupation of pro-Russian separatist forces and is on the front line of the Russia-Ukraine War.The news comes just days after a Russian military plane burst into flames and crashed while on its way to support Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.The Ilyushin-76 cargo plane was spotted on fire above the Russian city of Ryazan (125 miles southeast of Moscow) immediately after refuelling there.Ryazan is an important staging point for the Russian military heading for Ukraine, as well as a key base for the Russian paratroopers who have been decimated during the conflict.The aircraft was forced into an emergency landing behind a busy residential tower, exploding as it touched down, sending a large plume of black smoke into the air.Stay up to date with all the latest Daily Star news by signing up to one of our free newsletters here.Nine crew members were on board, at least four of which were killed with the rest in a "grave" condition after being rushed to hospital.Three of those killed - Vladimir Petrushin, Nikolai Gorbunov, and Dmitry Andreev - died at the crash site, while a fourth died in hospital.It is understood that there were no civilian
Three people dead after Russian military plane crashes and catches fire
Russia.Fatalities were reported on Friday (June 24) morning shortly after the IL-76 transport aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field near the city of Ryazan.Nine people in total were on board the plane at the time of the accident, according to the Moscow-based Interfax news agency.Footage posted on social media shows a line of fire engines and one ambulance positioned in front of large flames.The blaze can be seen billowing dark black smoke in front of a row of trees, while a small crowd of people can seen watching in front of the camera.One local report said the plane was attempting to land at the nearby Ryazan airport when it crashed. The city is located around 351 miles from the border with Ukraine.Earlier this week dramatic footage from the frontline showed the moment a Russian colonel crashed in his helicopter in a 'fireball' after being hit by a Ukrainian missile.The military helicopter carrying Lt-Col Sergey Gundorov, 51, was struck by a portable surface-to-air missile near Volnovakha in the Donbas.Vladimir Putin lost his 55th colonel in the Russia-Ukraine war as the stricken Mi-35 touched the ground before cartwheeling over a narrow strip of woodland, becoming a fireball and crashing in a field.This is a breaking news story and is being constantly updated.
Retired Russian colonel who used to carry Putin's nuclear suitcase shot inside his home
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been shot at his home near Moscow.Vadim Zimin, the retired 53-year-old colonel, was shot at his home and is now gravely ill in intensive care, reports say.Colonel Zimin had been in charge of the nuclear briefcase during his time as an active member of the Federal Security Service, accompanying the Kremlin leader and carrying his nuclear warhead controls.READ MORE: Putin says 'we don't threaten anyone with nukes but we do have them and will use them'The colonel, alongside former President Boris Yeltsin, was said to have carried out the trusted role for the current Russian president, handling the world-ending suitcase for the 69-year-old Russian leader. Zimin had been a member of the FSS, rising through the ranks until he landed himself the position of colonel under his successor Vladimir Putin.But the precise role of the gravely ill colonel is as yet unknown, with the ex-KGB spy found with gunshot wounds in the kitchen of his flat located in Krasnogorsk, Moscow.The wife of Zimin, a medic, had been absent from the house as she is reportedly treating soldiers fighting in the invasion of Ukraine.The 53-year-old colonel was under house arrest over allegations of bribe-taking after joining the customs service in a senior role, with Zimin denying any wrongdoing.
Chechen warlord and Putin ally addresses rumour that Russian president is in 'coma'
Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline Putin supporter who left his stronghold in Chechnya to fight for Russia in Ukraine, has dismissed a rumour about the Russian leader’s health.The only strange thing about that is, the rumour never really existed.In a bizarre, hesitant audio recording posted to his Telegram channel, the Chechen leader told followers that he had "read that our president had fallen into a coma" and that "they are looking for a replacement right now.”Speaking in slow, halting Russian, rather than in his native Chechen, Kadyrov dismissed the suggestion, claiming that he himself had he had "recently" spoken with Putin."He has a very cheerful voice, a commanding voice, and he is ready to complete the special operation without harming the Ukrainian people and the state as much as possible," Kadyrov insisted.He issued a stark warning to anyone spreading rumours about Putin’s health, saying "I advise you that it is better to shut your mouths.”.The leader of the majority-muslim Chechen republic signed off the 69-second recording by saying "May Allah grant our president a long life, health, happiness and good luck.” There has long been speculation about the state of Vladimir Putin’s health. Rumours have swirled for the past few years that the former KGB officer, who has occupied one or other of Russia’s top political posts since 1999, is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, or blood cancer, or both.
Russian beauty queen and Miss Dubai finalist facing 20 years in prison after drugs bust
Russian beauty queen could face 20 years in prison after she was detained as a suspected drug dealer, law enforcement have revealed.Kristina Dukhina, 34, a Miss Dubai runner-up and model agency owner, was held near her elite apartment complex in Moscow's skyscraper district.The 34-year-old had been a runner-up in the Miss Dubai contest held in 2019 and was also a Grand Prix Miss Federation winner, picking up the top prize in Russia's beauty contest in 2020.Dukhina is said to have been held by Russian police following a drugs bust that sees the Russian beauty queen facing a sentence of 20 years.Her potential two-decades behind bars comes as police intercepted the the model in possession of more than half a kilogram of mephedrone, a report has revealed.Dukhina is owner of an agency aimed at establishing the modelling industry in Crimea, which was annexed by Vladimir Putin's Russian forces in 2014, taking the land away from Ukraine.The mother-of-two is currently under investigation on the preparation of the illegal drug for sale.She has since left social media, cutting her presence online short and leaving a brief note to her fans before removing herself from online activities.She posted: "I am leaving social networks. I will take only loved ones to my sterile empty room of a new life."Dukhina's departure from social media is a far cry from the success and fame she achieved while working as a beauty contest participant.She had started up her own modelling agency, Black Sea Models.
Inside 'most depressing city' with low life expectancy, permafrost and blood red river
Russian city built on a former Soviet prison camp, with a life expectancy 10 years below the national average, has been dubbed "the most depressing on Earth".Located in the Arctic permafrost, the city has 45 days of continuous darkness per year, average January temperatures of -30C, a river that runs blood red, and pollution levels so high it reduces the life expectancy of its residents to 59-years-old.As well known for its mining as it is for its pollutants, Norilsk is the most northerly city in the world, located in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region of Siberia, eastern Russia.Home to over 170,000 people the city, which only got a proper internet connection in 2017, has no roads leading to it, and one freight railway running in and out of it.Its nearest port city of Dudinka, located 40 miles away, provides access by sea but is frozen over in winter.The only year-round access route is to fly in with a five-hour flight from Moscow, which is 1,800 miles away.For about two-thirds of the year, the city and its surroundings are covered in snow with temperatures reaching record lows of -53.1C before.In contrast, in the summer the sun doesn't set for 65 days.Norilsk's story began in the early 20th century when a geologist discovered rich deposits of nickel, copper, and cobalt at the foot of the Putorana Mountains.The city sits on the biggest nickel-copper-palladium deposits on the planet, and from 1936 the USSR spent 20 years building a huge extraction complex in the mountains using around 500,000 forced labourers from a nearby Gulag.Working in horrific conditions in the Arctic permafrost saw 18,000 of the prisoners dying.Today, almost everyone in the city has a connection to the plant that produces a fifth of the world's nickel,
Paranoid Putin has 'special bodyguard' whose job it is to collect 'his poo'
Vladimir Putin’s poo is collected and sent back to Moscow in a special suitcase whenever he travels abroad.And it’s not only his excrement that is scooped up, his urine is also saved and shipped back to the Russian capital by a Federal Protection Service bodyguard.That is the bizarre claim made by author Regis Gente and journalist Mikhail Rubin, in a report for the French news magazine Paris Match.The collections occurred on Putin’s trip to France on May 29, 2017, and also during his October 2019 trip to Saudi Arabia.Video footage taken during a trip to France in 2019 showed six men accompanying him to a bathroom, with one of his entourage holding a small briefcase, although it was not revealed what was in it.His bodily fluids are placed in a specialised bag so it can be returned to Russia in a suitcase. One theory as to why this happens is that the Russians so paranoid about their ‘enemies’ getting their hands on information about Putin’s health, that they don’t want any of his DNA being discovered.Russian journalist Farida Rustamova has known about about the strange arrangement for time and wrote on Twitter: “As far as I know this peculiar system is arranged somewhat differently.“At least sometimes all secret substances are being destroyed immediately on the spot.
Russian accused of killing Alexander Litvinenko reportedly dies from Covid-19
London has died of Covid-19 in Moscow, according to reports.Dmitri Kovtun was one of two men who a UK inquiry ruled had poisoned Litvinenko’s tea with a rare radioactive substance back in 2006.Reports from state-owned Russian news agency Tass said Kovtun contracted coronavirus before dying in a Moscow hospital.Kovtun, along with Andrei Lugovoi, was accused of being behind Litvinenko’s assassination 16 years ago at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.Reports said Tass cited Lugovoi, now a member of Russia’s parliament, as saying that he was mourning the death of a “close and faithful friend”.A British public inquiry concluded in 2016 that the killing of the outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, who died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210, had “probably” been carried out with the approval of the Russian president.The inquiry found the two Russian men had deliberately poisoned Litvinenko by putting the radioactive substance into his drink at the central London hotel, leading to an agonising death.The European Court of Human Rights also ruled last year, following a case brought by the deceased’s widow, Marina Litvinenko, that Russia was responsible for his killing.Russia has always denied any involvement in the death and had refused to comply with international arrest warrants issued for Kovtun and Lugovoi.